Virus increase shelves in-person jury trials in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Jury trials in New Jersey have been suspended as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to increase. In-person jury trials were suspended in March due to the onset of the pandemic, and had resumed in September on a limited basis and with restrictions including virtual jury selection and social distancing in courtrooms. The resumption of trials has led to resolutions and settlements in more than 300 cases. A state Supreme Court order released Monday suspends in-person jury trials until further notice, with the exception of one trial that is in progress. In-person grand juries are suspended, but can meet virtually.